Jul 30, 2014

College Football Scores: SEC Week 12

Georgia starts slowly but finishes strong against Georgia Southern. LSU narrowly escapes upset at the hands of Ole Miss Rebels.

Georgia Southern 14, No. 5  Georgia 45 – Despite a slow start, the Bulldogs (10-1, 7-1) got the job done Saturday against Georgia Southern. “Did Georgia come out a little flat, a bit sloppy and probably unfocused against an FCS opponent? Clearly,” wrote  Jeff Schultz of the AJC. “But after what the Bulldogs have overcome in the past few weeks, a letdown should not have come as a surprise. Most importantly, they recovered.” Next week, Georgia closes out the regular season at home against Georgia Tech.

In other SEC action: 

Ole Miss 35, No. 7  LSU 41 -  LSU  (9-2, 5-2) narrowly managed to avoid an upset Saturday, escaping with a 41-35 win over the  Ole Miss Rebels (5-6, 2-5) in the last few seconds of the game.  “The No. 7 Tigers got more than they bargained for on Saturday, as it took a 1-yard touchdown run from Jeremy Hill with 15 seconds remaining to avoid an upset at the hands of the Ole Miss Rebels,”  SB Nation reported. Up next for Ole Miss is Mississippi State at home. LSU closes out the regular season on the road against Arkansas.

Western Carolina 0, No. 4  Alabama 49 – The Crimson Tide (10-1, 6-1) rolled to an easy victory over Western Carolina. “Western Carolina lost for the 26th time in 28 games and finished the season 1-10, hardly offering much of a challenge to the Crimson Tide, which got a breather after three straight games against ranked opponents. Alabama recorded its 10th win and fifth straight 10-win season. The Crimson Tide hasn’t done that since 1971-75,” wrote Mark Edwards in the  Montgomery Advertiser. Next week, Alabama hosts arch-rival Auburn. 

Arkansas 14,  Mississippi State  45 – “After losing three straight games following a 7-0 start, Mississippi State extinguished any talk of Dan Mullen being on the hot seat with a 45-14 win over Arkansas on Saturday,” according to the Bleacher Report. The Bulldogs (8-3, 4-3) travel to Oxford next week to take on Ole Miss. Arkansas (4-7, 2-5) heads to Death Valley to face No. 7 LSU.

Alabama A&M 7,  Auburn 51 – Auburn improved to 3-8 (0-7 SEC) with Saturday’s win over Alabama A&M.  Marcelo Villa of The Bleacher Report wrote, “It's going to take a whole lot more than a 51-7 win over Alabama A&M for Gene Chizik to keep his job as head coach at Auburn. Even an upset of No. 4 Alabama next week wouldn't be enough to prevent his firing.” Barring a near-miracle next Saturday in Tuscaloosa, Auburn will end the regular season winless in the SEC. 

Jacksonville State 0, No. 6  Florida 23 – Florida (10-1, 7-1) cruised to an easy victory Saturday in the Swamp. “When the No. 6 team with the nation's No. 3 defense plays a team that is No. 5 in the Ohio Valley Conference, a shutout is brewing. The Florida Gators went up 7-0 on their first possession and never looked back, pounding out a 23-0 victory over an overmatched Jacksonville State team,” SB Nation reported. Up next for the Gators -- a trip to Tallahassee to take on in-state rival Florida State. 

Wofford 7, No. 9  South Carolina 24 – The Gamecocks (9-2, 6-2) scored 17 points in the fourth quarter to finally put away a scrappy Wofford team. “Wofford outrushed and outgained South Carolina (9-2) in this one, yet still left with its 16th straight loss in the series,” The Associated Press reported. Next week South Carolina will wrap up the regular season at No. 11 Clemson. 

Sam Houston State 28, No. 8  Texas A&M 47 – “Johnny Football continues to dazzle in Texas,” according to Yahoo Sports. “The week Texas A&M freshman quarterback  Johnny Manziel took the lead in the Heisman Trophy race, the sensation threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more in the Aggies' 47-28 victory over Sam Houston State on Saturday.” Johnny Football and the Aggies (9-2, 5-2) host fellow SEC newbie Missouri on Nov. 24 to close out the regular season. 

Vanderbilt 41,  Tennessee 18 - Derek Dooley's job is certainly no more secure after Tennessee's loss to the Commodores on Saturday. Next week, Tennessee (4-7, 0-7) and Kentucky (2-9, 0-7) meet in Knoxville in a matchup that, thanks to the fact games no longer end in ties, will guarantee that at least one of them gets an SEC win this season.

Syracuse 31,  Missouri 27  - The Syracuse Orange outscored Mizzou 21-10 in the fourth quarter to overcome a seven point deficit on their way to a 31-27 victory. Up next for Missouri (5-6, 2-5): Texas A&M at College Station on Nov. 24. 

Samford 3,  Kentucky 34 – Kentucky picked up its second win of the season with a 34-3 victory over Samford. The Wildcats (2-9, 0-7) head to Knoxville next week and have a chance to pick up their first SEC win of the season.

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